Album Review: STR GZR ‘Outta Nowhere’

STR GZR Outta Nowhere

Rating: 3.6/5

Sounding like a distress call from the darkest regions of deep space, STR GZR’s debut LP “Outta Nowhere” takes the listener out of their comfort zone into uncharted territories of the milky way and then crash lands them onto the farthest rock in orbit. This LP starts off with nearly a minute of unsettling turbulence, putting you right into the action in “Crash”, with smooth flows on par with Del the Funkee Homosapien’s latest. In the style of Deltron 3030, STR GZR takes hip hop to new regions of the galaxy, with production as sleek as an interstellar cruiser, and rhymes as smooth as butter. It took me three listens to fully grasp Nowhere‘s layers of production. Although the album carries a very spacey¬†atmosphere, many of the lyrical tones remain grounded to earthly subjects. “Fujiko”, another standout track, brings on the slower jams, with some nice jazzy samples. “Ipod” plays out like an A$AP Mob & Flying Lotus collaboration. Comedic elements are laced throughout the LP, such as an ode to Step Brother‘s “Boats and Hoes”, adding nice balance to the force of dark atmospheric tones. The second half of the record slows down a bit, with some songs bordering R&B territory, but ends on a strong note with “The Apple”. Expect many good things from this up and coming duo, considering this is their first release, at least in this galaxy.

Check out the album here via BandCamp

-Justin Ainsworth

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